Symposium: Remembering Shoreline

Aerial view of the Shoreline Apartments under construction, early 1970s. Photographer unknown.
© The Estate of Paul Rudolph, The Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation.
Courtesy of the Paul Marvin Rudolph archive, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

El Museo is pleased to present Remembering Shoreline, a public symposium held in conjunction with our Shoreline exhibition. This two-day event brings together architects, planners, researchers, and activists from Buffalo and beyond to take a closer look at the history of the Shoreline Apartments, and discuss Paul Rudolph, Brutalism, urban renewal, housing, and preservation.

The symposium will include presentations and panel discussions on topics such as: Paul Rudolph’s architectural ideas and design legacy; Brutalism and “Heroic” architecture; the histories of urban renewal and planning; historic preservation efforts surrounding these sites and structures; and the past, present, and future of housing movements in the United States.

This event is free and open to the public.
Space is limited; registration is highly recommended.


Day 1: Paul Rudolph and Brutalism

Friday, October 25, 1:00–4:30pm

Niagara Falls Public Library (Earl W. Brydges Building)
1425 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Day 1 takes place at the iconic Earl W. Brydges Library in Niagara Falls designed by Paul Rudolph. There will be an opening lecture on the architecture of Paul Rudolph by Kelvin Dickinson, followed by a panel presentation and discussion on Brutalism with Chris Grimley, Michael McClelland, and Kate Wagner.

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Day 2: Urban Renewal, Housing, and Preservation

Saturday, October 26, 11:00am–5:30pm

Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library
1324 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208

Day 2 takes place at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library, designed by Buffalo’s most significant black architect Robert Traynham Coles. This day includes panel presentations and discussions on urban renewal, housing, and preservation with Aaron Bartley, Mark Byrnes, Charles Davis II, Jessie Fisher, Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Gail Radford, Susanne Schindler, and Henry Louis Taylor, Jr.

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The symposium has been approved by the AIA for a total of 10 HSW credits: 4 credits for Part 1 (Friday) and 6 credits for Part 2 (Saturday). Registration for each day is separate. Credit(s) earned on completion of this symposium will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.


Remembering Shoreline is organized by Bryan Lee and Barbara Campagna. This event is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.